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Blog · Care & Support

Starting a conversation about care

Navigating getter older, and the joys and challenges it brings to each stage of our life, is different for everyone. 

There is no, one ‘right time’ to have a conversation about how we, and those we love, want to age and experience our later years. For Peter, having a conversation about care with his dad, Ray, was something they both put off.

“My dad and I have a fantastic relationship. We really are best friends,” says Peter. “Time is really travelling at a million miles an hour now. I used to buy a beer and keep the receipt and say, ‘this could be the last beer I buy for my dad.’”

There is one thing that they avoided talking about…

“Having conversations about care is just so important. But we just don’t do it, or we put it off,” Peter added. 

Marianne Flowers, Regional Care Manager at Aveo, says approaching a conversation about care with a loved one is best done gently, with compassion, open questions, and patience.

“Moving into a retirement village, is a big decision and not one that anyone should feel rushed into,” says Marianne.

“There’s a great deal of information to absorb, a raft of different emotions to process, and often some misconceptions and myth busting to work through.

“The biggest myths we encounter generally relate to misconceptions around access to amenities and social networks, loss of independence, and cost.

“The earlier you start the conversation and start planning for the future, the easier the conversation becomes.”

Aimee King, Sales Manager at Aveo, said touring a retirement village is a perfect way to explore a community firsthand, bust the myths, and discover what retirement living is really like.

“More importantly, it’s an opportunity to ask lots of questions, meet residents and see if the village you tour is the right fit for you and your needs, both now and into the future,” she said.

“Often we’ll bring an entire family through our communities, so they can experience it together.”
Aveo retirement communities empower residents to live independently within their own home for as long as possible, backed by a safety net of support that can help cater to their individual care needs.

“Aveo communities are pet-friendly*, some have the option of meals are provided daily and each resident has a personalised plan tailored to their needs – whether that be a little help with the chores, or personal care assistance,” says Aimee.

People live longer, happier lives, in a home that supports their changing needs - where everything required is close at hand. Whether you or your loved ones are looking for a low-maintenance lifestyle in a vibrant and social community, or a private and secure space with a little more support, our wide range of living and care options offer you real choice in your retirement lifestyle.

Community discovery tours can be arranged at any time – book today. Or, if you’d just like to chat with someone to help you explore the different care and support options available, give us a call on 13 28 36. 

*Subject to management approval.

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